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City receives over $160,000 from FEMA


SALYERSVILLE – The Salyersville City Council met in special session on Monday, January 13, discussing FEMA funds received by the city and a couple of new businesses moving into locations on Restaurant Row. 

In the first meeting of the new year, Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd updated the council on FEMA funding, explaining they have received $162,704 from FEMA to make repairs on Coal Branch, the slip on Hornet Drive (going up to the middle school and Salyersville Grade School), as well as a few other small projects. 

Shepherd said he has discussed the Hornet Drive project with Superintendent Scott Helton for scheduling. He said if the project can be completed within three days, they will be able to make the repairs in April when Magoffin County Schools have spring break, but if not, they will have to wait until summer.

The city is also waiting on the $60,000 for repairs to the baseball fencing at Ramey Memorial Park, which Shepherd assured will be fixed prior to the beginning of baseball season. Included in that project will also include repairs to the playground at the park, as well.

While discussing possible property acquisition, the council discussed two future businesses locating to Restaurant Row. 

Shepherd explained that the owner of the BP in Paintsville will be opening a new business in the abandoned Shell Mart on the Mountain Parkway, where there will be a Speedy Mart and a restaurant featuring home cooking. Though they were looking for an easement from the city for access to the property from the road running by Peoples Bank connecting the Parkway to the access road, Shepherd said McDonald’s owns that property. 

He also confirmed that his office has been contacted by someone in the process of putting in a liquor store in what was China Express or the old Bella Jo’s building, also on Restaurant Row.


Heather Oney

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